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Kilby Park Tree Farm Welcomes Spring

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Spring, Spring Spring!

The first hint of the warmer weather and the blossoms have exploded here at Kilby Park Tree Farm. Our feature tree in the driveway, the Pyrus nivalis (Snow Pear), has come alive, so when you visit, check it out as you drive through the front gate!

We have the Pyrus nivalis available in all sizes, as well as plenty of stock that has come to life with the Spring warmth so have a look through our ‘in stock’ items for the month of September.

SEPTEMBER FEATURES and SPECIALS On Kilby Tree Farm

Pryus nivalis
A very colorful plant perfect for our Melbourne cooler climate, with its grey green foliage making it a versatile choice to provide contrast in any garden design. Use as a stand alone plant or group together in larger groves, this specimen has the added ability in dealing with our drier and hotter summer conditions .

Check out some of our current 40cm stock of Pyrus nivalis​ below.

kilby park tree farm available Pyrus nivalis

Magnolia Royal Star

Nothing says Melbourne Spring than flowering Magnolias, and the Magnolia Royal Star makes for a perfect compact option as a stand out feature tree. Our stock has already started to flower, and we can’t wait for the pure white stars to cover this multi-stemmed classic.

Check out some of our current stock of Magnolia Royal Star below.

kilby park tree farm Magnolia Royal Star

Prunus Pink Showers
Springtime means blossoms, and these fragrant and soft pink clusters are starting to cover our stock of Prunus Pink Showers. This beautiful standard weeping tree has become very popular in inner city plantings, and in the right conditions, can live up to 50 years old.

Check out some of our current stock of Prunus Pink Showers below.

kilby park tree farm Prunus Pink Showers

Betula Dalecarlica
We are still clearing out all stock of Cut Leaf Birch right through Spring, and this is another specimen perfect as a stand alone feature or in groups of larger plantings. Thrives in sunny and shaded conditions, Betula Dalecarlica shouldn’t be overlooked for any urban project in a small garden or open space.

Check out some of our current stock of Betula Dalecarlica below.

kilby park tree farm Betula Dalecarlica

Extensive Range

Come in and see us during the week at Kilby Park Tree Farm to look over our extensive range of trees and shrubs for any landscaping or design project.

Check out our contact numbers here.

Screening Plants

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With the warmer weather well and truly on its way, we’re spending more time outdoors in our gardens and backyards. And for most of us, a bit of privacy in these spaces equals more enjoyment and relaxation – not to mention keeping nosey neighbours at bay.

Creating a private retreat for clients with screening plants ticks all the boxes when it comes to privacy and sanctuary. A considered approach is an elegant combination of tall evergreens with deciduous trees and shrubs that sees the plants change with the four seasons for a more characteristic, responsive environment. Think lush foliage, shade and protection in summer, an auburn patina come autumn, the raw beauty of bare branches for winter and burgeoning greens and florals in spring.

Here’s a few inspired examples of screening plants now in stock at Kilby Park Tree Farm.

Waterhousia Floribunda.
The fastest of the advanced growers – a great solution for clients who need a quick result.

Waterhousia Floribunda

Photo: Anthony Wyer & Associates

 

Waterhousia floribunda

Kilby Park Tree Farm Waterhousia floribunda

 

Ficus hillii
This versatile, resilient and dense evergreen makes for a beautiful weeping canopy up to 6m high in urban environments.

Ficus ‘Flash’
One of the most popular native evergreen hedging plants, loved for its fast growth and lush, dense green foliage. Just add water (and a little love)

 

Kilby Tree Farm - Ficus Flash 20cm

Kilby Tree Farm – Ficus Flash 20cm

 

Acmena ‘ Sublime’
This lovely mid-sized tree is great for privacy, thanks to dense foliage from top to ground and even easier on the eyes come summer’s white fluffy flowers. Highly tolerant to all seasons and seaside gardens, we love this all round winner.

Acmena Sublime

Photo via completehome.com.au

Kilby Park Tree Farm Acmena sublime

Kilby Park Tree Farm Acmena sublime

 

Syzygium ‘Select’
Bushy, glossy and dark green, this Australian native shrub is a fast grower and responds well to pruning, shaping, for privacy and hedging.

Photo: Danny Kildare Rolling Stone Designs

Photo: Danny Kildare Rolling Stone Designs

 

Kilby Park Tree Farm Syzygium select

Kilby Park Tree Farm Syzygium select

 

2 reasons why your plants are dying or lacking vigor

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We get heaps of people coming to Kilby asking us why plants are either dying or lacking vigor. The two most common reasons are drainage and plant selection.

Drainage

Plant roots are like our feet, they need to breathe, if you feet are constantly wet and soggy, they will start to smell and eventually rot, well the same goes for plants and their roots! If the plant sits in a watery hole their roots will rot and the plant will die.

  • Digging the planting hole twice the size of the pot breaks up the soil and improves drainage.
  • Adding Gypsum to the existing soil will create soil structure preventing heavy clay turning into sludge, aiding drainage.

But most importantly, having an engineered drainage plan in the designed landscape will be the best solution to wet and waterlogged soils in gardens. It is usually an expense that people choose to ignore as it is never see, but adding drainage down the track will be a much more expensive venture.

Plant selection

Plants that are able to live in compacted conditions are usually suitable to areas with poor drainage. And choosing plants that will live in these conditions will be by far the most cost effective option available.
Many plants are available that will thrive and are all suitable to wet boggy conditions in such as Tristaniopsis ‘Luscious’, Bamboo Species, Callistemon, Plane Trees, willows and Poplars.

One last point, water does not recognize property boundaries and may affect many properties in a large area but water is a valuable resource and the backbone of our industry.

Good luck and happy planting.